June Market Update

Summer is here!

Wow, that was one of the fastest months ever, in my opinion. Memorial Day weekend came and went in a blink of an eye, so it must be the height of the Sandbridge Beachdynamic spring market! Median days on the market in Northern Virginia is just 8; the average days on the market is 42. So, houses are virtually selling immediately (often with multiple offers) or they are taking a little while longer to sell. Right now, we are seeing very demanding
buyers in the marketplace. If the house is priced a little high or isn’t updated or staged, they are getting a lot of activity in the first week, but then showings fall off tremendously after that time frame.

So, what is fueling all the activity? There are a few factors, first there is a lot of demand – in certain price points, more on this shortly. Second, interest rates are still great – right around 4% for a 30-year fixed mortgage. Some people are taking advantage of adjustable rate mortgages too. Third, we continue to experience a strong local job market with many people relocating into the area for this reason. Fourth, prices are beginning to increase slightly, so many people are wanting to buy while it is still affordable for them to do so. Lastly, people have equity in their homes and can sell today to move into a larger home or closer to the city to reduce their commute. This is all good news for both buyers and sellers!

What is the situation with pricing I mentioned earlier you ask? The under $500,000 price point for houses and townhouses is on fire, representing a great majority of the median days on market. Yet, homes priced in the $650,000 -$800,000 range outside of the beltway are slow which is causing an increase on the average days on the market number. The upper price points (above $800,000) are seeing activity and sales which is always good for our local market.

I expect to see more of this type of activity and sales at least through the 4th of July. So, if you are considering selling or buying a home, please feel free to call me to discuss your situation in more detail.

Now, go enjoy this beautiful weather!  Happy Summer!

 

 

 

 

 

Scott’s Market Minute 6/2/17

Do you plan on selling your home soon? If so, get comfortable… and watch this week’s Market Minute message for more details…

If you’d like to talk more about your specific situation, give me a call at 703-652-5777 or email me at scottmacdonald@remax.net

Have a great weekend!

Scott’s Market Minute 5/19/17

Another interesting week in the real estate market! Inventory is up, consumer confidence is up, rates are down…but there are some soft spots… Learn more in this weeks Market Minute video message.

If you’d like to talk about your specific situation, please give me a call at 703-652-5777 or scottmacdonald@remax.net

Have a great weekend!

May Market Update

The Spring Market is in Full Swing

The Nationals are cranking out the wins with hits, runs and great starting pitching. The Caps are losing games to the Penguins in the second round of the playoff series again and the Wizards are into the second round of the playoffs with John Wall leading the way…it has to be spring, right? Couple all of this with the smell of fresh cut grass, newthe perfect viewly edged mulch beds, flowers blooming and of course, houses selling quickly – we know it is spring and PRIME home selling season.

We have a very dynamic and robust market in most of Northern Virginia! As you are reading this, the median days on market is 12 and the average days on market is 59. So, it is a very good market if you do the right things to sell as the median days on market bears this out. Houses are either selling quick or they are not. We are seeing properties priced below $450,000 receiving multiple showings and offers when they are in the right condition, price and are staged. Houses priced too aggressively for the market, are in poor condition and/or location are sitting with showings but no contracts. Buyers are out there, but they are still being very discerning when it comes to home selection.

Another indicator that the spring market is in full swing – prices are increasing. Over the last 5 years, we only had 4% appreciation across all of Northern Virginia. Year to date, we have 3% appreciation. This is good, but also poses a challenge as appraisals are becoming more of an issue – especially when multiple offers bid prices way up to “win” the contract. In some cases, the comparable sales are not available for appraisers to rely on to support value. As inventory continues to shrink, rates continue to stay low and buyers remain active; we may see more appraisal issues than not. Stay tuned for more information as we enter the summertime.

As is always the case, everyone’s situation is different and needs to be reviewed in detail, so if you are considering selling or buying, please feel free to call me for a no obligation consultation. We are here to help!

Scott’s Market Minute 4/21/17

 

Another interesting week in the Northern Virginia housing market … Interest rates are DOWN and inventory is…. check out my latest Market Minute for more info.

Interested in learning more about selling your home or buying a new one? Feel free to give me a call at 703-652-5777 or scottmacdonald@remax.net

Happy Earth Day!

Scott’s Market Minute 4/14/17

Captials, Wizards, Nationals – our local teams are HOT – so is the housing market! Check out what Scott has to say in this week’s Market Minute.

Have a great weekend!

Questions about the market or your specific situation? Feel free to give me a call at 703-652-5777 or scottmacdonald@remax.net

April Market Update

Crazy Weather, Crazy Market…
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The Northern Virginia real estate market has been a lot like our weather in March…hot and cold. We’ve had some markets that have been on fire – Reston as an example; while others have been normal which makes Realtors and sellers feel on edge or think that the market is “cold”. It is extremely important to have the right expectation when selling your house – not every house sells in a day with multiple contracts. Many houses take a couple of months to sell. The current average is 62 days on the market in Northern Virginia. This is below the national average so we still have a great market. Buyers are buying and as result, the supply of existing houses for sale is down to a 1.2 month supply of homes. So, my advice is to be realistic if you are going to be selling your house and if you get a contract quickly, make the most of it, but don’t expect the process to happen fast.

Again, the good news is that sales are up 6% over last year, sales prices are up 2.8%, mortgage interest rates are still phenomenal and the inventory levels are increasing – so we should continue to see a good spring market. Even with inventory levels increasing, we are still 19% below last year’s levels. My belief is this will continue to happen for the next few months – inventory will rise but we will still lag behind previous years because we have strong fundamentals in place for a good housing market.

If rates continue to rise as a result of “Trumpenomics”, buyers will and should consider adjustable rate mortgages. Typically, ARM products like a 7/1 ARM run about ¾ of a point less in interest rates. As an example, 30 year fixed rates are about 4.25% and a 7/1 ARM is about 3.5% – definitely something to consider when buying a house today.

We can discuss your plans in more detail to see if this is a viable option for you. Please let me know if you have any specific questions or concerns as I am here to help!

Happy Spring Break and Easter!

Would you like to learn more? Give me a call at 703-652-5777 or scottmacdonald@remax.net

 

Scott’s Market Minute 3-17-17

**March Madness** The madness isn’t just about basketball!!! Here’s the latest market update video from Scott about the market in Northern Virginia.

Here’s the link to download the Sponsorship Opportunities/Registration packet for our Charity Golf Tournament: http://www.gateway2realestate.com/upcoming-events 

As always, you can contact Scott at 703-652-5777 or scottmacdonald@remax.net
Have a great St. Patrick’s Day Weekend!